This Is No. 11

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  • Current Team

    Real Salt Lake

  • Position

    Midfielder

  • Age

    25

  • Nationality

    Slovakian

  • Contract Until:

    30.12.2021

Albert Rusnak
Albert Rusnak

Dynamic attacking midfielder Rusnak is currently impressing at Real Salt Lake, for whom he signed a two-year contract extension in December 2018.

Rusnak has been described as ‘extremely talented’ and someone ‘we can build around’ by former RSL coach Mike Petke. “He’s a kid that’s extremely talented and he’s not even at his ceiling yet,” explained Petke.

“He has a hunger for knowledge. He wants to know. He asks questions. For me as a coach, those are players that I want to work with.”

Rusnak is a Slovakian international who moved to America from Dutch side Groningen, where he spent three years after joining from Manchester City.

Honours: KNVB Cup

Main Stats

  • Games 0
  • Starts 0
  • Minutes Played 0
  • Goals 0
  • Assists 0

Goals

  • Total Goals 10
  • Total Shots 47
  • Assists 3
  • Successful
    Crosses & Corners

    31%

Pass Rate

  • Successful
    Passes

    87%

  • Total Passes 999
  • Successful
    Short Passes

    89%

  • Successful
    Long Passes

    73%

Work Rate

  • Touches 1373
  • Recoveries 90
  • Tackles 12
  • Interceptions 5

Distribution

  • Key Passes 62
  • Successful
    Fifty Fifty

    59%

  • Successful
    Dribbles

    65%

The Story On And Off The Pitch

  • July 2010

    On the move

    Rusnak leaves Slovakian side MFK Kosice to join Manchester City’s academy.

  • August 2013

    League One

    Rusnak signs for league one Oldham Athletic on loan and makes his first senior appearance as a substitute against Tranmere Rovers. He starts his first game three days later, a 4-1 win against Shrewsbury Town in the EFL Trophy.

  • January 2014

    Birmingham City

    Rusnak joins Championship club Birmingham City on loan and immediately goes into the starting XI to face Swansea City in the FA Cup fourth round. In February, his loan spell is extended until the end of the season.

  • July 2014

    On the move again

    Rusnak is on the move again, this time joining SC Cambuur on loan until January. He quickly becomes a key part of the team, scoring in a 3-0 win over future employers FC Groningen, and his loan is extended until the end of the 2014/15 campaign.

  • December 2014

    Three year deal

    Rusnak joins Groningen in the Eredivisie on a three-year deal.

  • May 2015

    Scores Twice

    He scores twice in the KNVB Cup final as Groningen beat PEC Zwolle to lift their first major trophy and qualify for the Europa League.

  • November 2016

    Senior Debut for Slovakia

    Rusnak makes his senior debut for Slovakia, against Austria.

  • Real Salt Lake

    January 2017

    Rusnak heads to America to join Real Salt Lake. By the end of his first campaign, he’s provided the assists that account for 25% of his team’s goals.

  • March 2018

    First International Goal

    Rusnak scores his first international goal, against United Arab Emirates, in a 1-0 win in Thailand.

  • March 2019

    three more international goals

    He scores a further three international goals in 2018, netting against Denmark, Sweden and Ukraine. A year later, he nets his fifth, against Hungary, to make it one goal every four games on international duty.

  • July 2019

    Fine Form

    With RSL in fine form, Rusnak sits in second place in the club’s goalscoring standings, with six goals behind Sam Johnson (7).